More Safety Woes for JAL

Japan Airlines acknowledged that it had been reprimanded by the Japanese government after one of its pilots took a medicine prohibited for use when flying planes. The pilot flew seven domestic flights in three days while taking the banned medication, necessary after he had some surgery. It was the latest in a series of safety mishaps—including a wheel falling off and an engine catching fire—that have plagued the airline of late. Management infighting has also weakened JAL, which is seeing strong competition from All Nippon Airways. In the most recent incident, the pilot had also returned to work without having been examined by a physician to certify his fitness to fly. JAL said it takes the reprimand seriously and will report its plan for improvements to Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport by July 28.

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